JESUS CHRIST—--THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Jesse M. Hendley
In John 12:46 we read our Lord Christ saying, "I am come a
light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should
not abide in darkness." Those are tremendous words, because
of the One who spoke them, the Lord Jesus Christ. They are
a tremendous challenge.
CLAIM OF CHRIST
You know, it would be an amazing thing, IF JESUS WERE NOT
GOD, for Him to speak words like that! But Jesus CLAIMED to
BE GOD. Either He WAS GOD or He was a madman. No man in all
history has dared to say to the world the things that Jesus
said. No man has claimed to be what Jesus claimed to be. He
said, "I am come a light into the world, that whosoever
believeth on me should not abide in darkness." I have come
to dispel all the darkness, of every man in all the world.
What a supreme statement that is! Either He was God, I
repeat, or He was the most terrible madman this world has
ever known. Jesus Christ was God, in human flesh, the
Redeemer of mankind.
Now you must accept one of those two things about Jesus
Christ. You must believe one of the two. You cannot
straddle the fence in this matter. Either you accept Him AS
GOD in human flesh, and as your Saviour, and as Creator of
the world, and as the sustainer of all life, and as the
Answer to the problems of this dark world, OR, you must say
that He was a madman, one of the two.
Now you KNOW that Jesus Christ was NOT a madman. Madmen do
not raise the dead; do not go about doing good, healing the
sick and oppressed. Jesus was indeed God. (I say, "was," in
speaking of His earthly life.) He IS God, alive now at the
right hand of God the Father in heaven. He is operating in
and through the lives of those who put their trust in Him.
"That whosoever believeth on me should not abide in
darkness." I call your attention first to the word
"darkness." It is mentioned many times in the Word of God,
and it ...
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